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The Shape of Things To Come?

by Lorella Borri

Fancy a into a truly functional ball? Hop on this new ground-breaking made by America-based Vectrix and have a taste of what may the shape of things to come: bikes.

Instead the Vectrix solely on electric power, and a few days of commuting on it, I have to I was in a slight state of future Nothing to do with the actual mind you. On many the Vectrix feels and behaves like a current big scooter.

more about new mindsets: energy management, carrying all of extension cords and pacing to make it to the next socket.

But before we get all too philosophical about the here’s the story behind the vehicle that goes the Big Four fear to tread, at for now.

Seems like 1995, good old Lockheed was looking for some nice to bite on outside the military Together with entrepreneur MacGowan, they soon came to realize that a urban vehicle that purely on electricity could be a idea. Bam!

Fifty dollars and 11 years later we a mass produced scooter delivers the goods. Okay, it’s been a bit more than that to be sure.

Big like Parker Hannifin, Gold Peak batteries and had to pool their engineering and a new facility was established in New Bradford, MA, but by a first prototype was up and running. The was unveiled at the Bologna show of

The Italian connection is not casual. close to 300,000 scooters per sold in Italy alone, is the most commuting-aware two-wheeled in the West and a fertile ground to the Vectrix. Just to make the message didn’t get lost on the eaters, Carlo Di Biagio, CEO of Ducati Motor Holding, was into the board.

Technically the story looks misleadingly A brushless DC motor that next to the rear wheel and it though planetary gear the Vectrix. The huge space the rider legs, basically the bottom spine, is filled NiMH batteries rechargeable Easier said than

With no similar vehicle the technology things like and batteries, controllers had to be developed scratch. The weighty batteries a sizable weight reduction in areas, which could be achieved by going for a unique frame under the injected ABS parts.

By 2005, the project was enough to win Vectrix the Frost Award for “Technology Innovation of the Year,” while in far away an assembly line was being When you consider the kind of noise that some manufacturers of Big Twin choppers are to create around their creatures, you have to take hat off in front of Vectrix’s quiet yet profound way of doing things. the Vectrix’s production there’s a logistic chain that together electric parts the USA, cycle parts Italy, batteries from Kong and who knows what

What she’ll do you ask? here it starts to get tricky. the different mind-set thing? So about cc’s, valves per and such. If it’s any consolation, you might be happy to know the 3-phase, permanent magnets, 12-pole, 16-slot motor to develop a healthy 25 hp, about to a current 250-300cc gas-powered

But that doesn’t tell the story because being the motor can develop huge from nil revs and has a peak of 45 foot-pounds.

Give the Vectrix a good and indeed, even if top speed is electronically to 60 mph in order to preserve power, the Vectrix gets in a real hurry, leaving cars in its wake. Between 30 to 50 mph the is truly impressive, gaining during roll-ons with serious oomph.

But that’s half the story because the way the motor responds to throttle is simply unlike nothing I’ve tried. First the uncanny silence, a quite wooosh magically accompanies Then, remember when used the term electric response to describe a healthy gas

Well, a true electric feels even nicer, the fluidity of the drive is fun, fun, and when the time to tip-toe in traffic, you can really out the drive in what feels fractions of foot-pounds. The control is amazing.

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